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Revelation (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching) Hardcover – January 1, 1989
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Boring gives sober and insightful perspectives on what to make of Revelation. He makes many useful connections to parallels in the other Biblical books, and occasionally points out relevant examples from other similar texts (Daniel, 4 Ezra, Jubilees, etc.). He also puts Revelation in touch with the situation that the Church faced when the book was written (near the end of the first century). Rather than pushing all of its meaning into future events, he shows how Revelation had relevance to the churches John wrote to (1,900 years ago), and still has relevance to us in our present circumstances. Revelation actually talks to the Church about its situation, its beliefs, its hopes, and its experience of Christ--that is really what makes it a great book .
There is much else about this book that is outstanding. The author gives excellent insight on the imagery used in Revelation and how to interpret it. One of his main points is that there is often use of symbols and images with multiple meanings attached to them. For instance, it is commonly said that "Babylon" means "Rome" (making it simply a "codeword"--all you do is plug in the "real" meaning). But Boring reminds us that "Babylon" also really means "Babylon" too--because it continues to echo with all the imagery associated with Babylon from the Old Testament prophetic books. Another good example is the "dragon" of Revelation 12. In Revelation 12:9 the dragon is described as "that old serpent, the Devil, and Satan...".Read more ›
Pagina", published by The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. These are exegetical commentaries, rather than eisegetical. The meaning of the text is derived from understanding the "Historical" background, and what it meant to the hearers/readers when written. That is in opposition to eisegesis, which is effected by reading into the text an accepted, preconceived understanding of possible/probable error. These two commentaries are of a profoundly sound, Pre--John Darby understanding. The John Darby, personal, "new" concept/understanding was introduced in the sixteenth century. I am happy with the Kindle version from amazon.com.
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Balanced and judicious insights on the Book of Revelation. Excellent scholarship!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent. A must read for any one wanting knowledge of Revelation.Published 5 months ago by Jane Velasquez
Very scholarly, understandable, and convincing material to help the reader understand the true meaning of the book of Revelation.Published 10 months ago by Jane L. Moschenrose
This is an excellent, thought-provoking, and helpful guide to an often misunderstood book.Published 10 months ago by Mimi
Prof. boring has a real talent for cutting through the symbolism making clear the meanings and the sequences of the end time events.Published on March 16, 2014 by Robert E Moore
This book does a great job of exploring and digesting some very difficult theological principles. I loved the completeness of reviewing each small part of the book of Revelation,... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Mark E. OHL M.D.